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    WYHA Board Election Results

    Congratulations to the newly elected WYHA Board Members

    President: Vic Rumph (2-year term)
    Trustee: Michelle Gray (1-year term)
    Trustee: Casey McGrady (2-year term)
    Trustee: Andrew Weaver (2-year term)
    Trustee: Laura Bartrum (1-year term)


    2023/24 Evaluations


    Mite Evaluations: 2015 and younger birth years

    Squirt Evaluations: 2014 and 2013 birth years

    Peewee Evaluations: 2012 and 2011 birth years

    Bantam Evaluations: 2010 and 2009 birth years

    High School Evaluations

    Bella Canas Is Going Places

    The Canas family is no stranger to travels, whether for hockey or soccer. Bella, 12, has played travel hockey and soccer for the past seven years with often overlapping seasons. Bella’s mother, Nuris, and her father, Luis, have logged thousands of miles all over Ohio and the midwestern region. In fact, Bella not only played for the Wooster Oilers Peewee 1 team this past season, but she also played for the Lady Barons 12U Elite team.  

    This spring Bella will take her talents on the ice overseas to Switzerland and France in the PIP European Tour and World Tournament, April 21-April 30. The honor is the culmination of a series smaller journeys. On New Year’s Eve, Bella trekked to Buffalo, New York, to tryout for a select team of 14U girls for Premier Ice Prospects. The PIP MIDWEST Prospects 2010 Girls team will play for the World Selects Invitational Trophy. After some tense days of anticipation, Bella learned of her selection to play on the team headed overseas. According to her father, “Players and guests will spend two nights in Geneva, Switzerland, followed by six nights in the picturesque ski town of Chamonix, France, where the tournament will be held.” 

    Her parents are incredibly proud: “The Canas family is super excited about traveling with Bella to play in Europe. Bella is looking forward to playing against the best players of her age. And she is very grateful and proud for all she has learned with her Oilers team. She has enjoyed learning techniques, teamwork, and being aggressive on the ice. But, more importantly, she has learned to give her all at every game. Bella will be thinking about all her Oilers teammates when she plays in Europe.” Her accomplishment is something WYHA also celebrates. We are incredibly proud to have developed a player capable of playing at a higher level. It’s a credit to her coaches and the environment at Alice Noble Ice Arena in which she’s been allowed to thrive. 

    But it’s a larger credit to Bella. Hockey itself has been a journey for her. Bella has played for seven years. She steadily become one of the most skilled and intelligent players of her age group. Her brother, LuiG, an exceptional soccer player for Wooster High School, was a former standout hockey player himself. Bella started playing in his shadow. From the start, though, she was motivated to be exceptional. When asked why she chose to wear #21, a 6 year old Bella would tell you, “Because I’m going to be more than two times better than my brother.” LuiG wore #10. 

    Bella is not playing in anyone’s shadow anymore, and she’s been blessed with tremendous coaching this season. Her current head coach Emily Busta, who played hockey at SUNY Cortland, and assistant coach Shane Bennett, who has played in the ECHL and is the all-time leading scorer for the SPHL’s Quad City Storm, articulated the value of Bella to her team by saying, “Bella scored so many big goals for our team this year. Without her, our team would not have performed as it did. The opportunity for her to take her skills overseas, get more experience, is going to be great for her and will push her to the next level.” 

    As a club, WYHA can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Akron RubberDucks Fundraiser Sign up

    The Akron RubberDucks have once again offered WYHA a fundraising opportunity to go toward the 2023/2024 season dues. Earn $50 per person per shift minus 5% back to WYHA guaranteed with the opportunity to earn more if the concession stand makes more money.

    WYHA Golf Outing

    WYHA Booster Club

    What is the WYHA Boosters? 

    Mission: The mission of the WYHA Booster Club is to support the growth and development for athletes at each level while promoting a positive athletic experience for our players, parents, families, and coaches. 

    We will accomplish this by:
    -Raising and managing funds that will positively impact the players, families, and the overall association. 
    -Coordinating community involvement and volunteer activities.
    -Organize and carry out association events to promote building a strong association that will value the enhancement of players at all levels.

    *Want to stay informed and up to date with future events, spirit wear sales, fundraising, and more then make sure you join the WYHA Boosters Facebook group below! 
    WYHA Boosters 

    *Want lend a helping hand and be a part of the WYHA Boosters? Please feel free to email us at We look forward to working with you! 

    Congratulations to the Squirt 1 Tournament Champion Team

    Tournament Champions!

    Congratulations to the High School Varsity Tournament Champion Team

    A Wooster Hockey First

    Integrity, honesty, work ethic, selflessness: these are among the qualities embodied by the captain of a hockey team. Captains inherit added responsibilities while playing and practicing under the microscope of teammates, coaches, parents, officials. Not every team elects to appoint a captain. The Wooster Oilers 12U team did. Coaches Emily Busta and Shane Bennett made their choice last week, announcing it to both players and parents. Lily Robinson was chosen to be the captain for the 2022/2023 season. The coaches also named assistant captains: Brexton Fry, Noah Hardwick, and Adam Wilcox. Busta said, "It was an easy one sentence conversation for Shane and me. The difference in Lily from last year to this year is noticeable. She's confident and vocal. She'll make a great leader for the team."

    In fact, Lily will be the first female team captain in Wooster Hockey history. When asked about how she felt about being the team captain, Lily said: "I won't let my coaches and teammates down. It's a pretty cool honor. I'm proud of it!" WYHA has almost always featured female participants. Girls like Lyndsey Galloway, Aubrey Melcher, Isabel Gracia, Paige Mellicant, and Brooke Huffman have been leaders and standout players who played at high levels for WYHA as well as for other organizations. Lily's accomplishment is a reflection of the past players mentioned here and many not mentioned; it's also a reflection of the present. Currently, WYHA features 116 players in total, among 8 teams, from 8U through High School. Of those 116 players, 17 are girls. It's the highest percentage of female participants in the history of the program. 

    Nationwide, more girls are playing hockey than ever before. Locally, the opportunity for girls to play all girls hockey is limited and involves significant, though worthwhile, drive time. (Lily also plays for the Cleveland Lady Barons 12U Black team. The experience of playing all girls hockey allowed her to develop her skills under coach Tim Becka and cement her sense of self on the ice, as did the coaching she received last season from Nicole Hoekstra, along with Busta and Bennett, at WYHA.) However, girls almost always start out playing on teams with mostly boys. Many teams have zero female participants. Lily, however, has been fortunate enough to always have fellow girls for teammates. Her team this year features two others: Taylor Streblow, goalie, and Bella Canas, perhaps the team's most skilled and speedy player. No one was more excited for Lily than Bella when Lily was named team captain, with a big smile and a hug for her on the ice at practice. (Bella also plays for the Lady Barons 12U Elite team.) Bella and Lily have known each other since they were 4 years old, as their brothers grew up playing on the same team and often the same line with one another for 8 years. Taylor, Bella, and Lily were first teammates with one another as 8 year olds. Taylor is among the program's most versatile players who has split time as a skater and a goalie, as recently as last season, and does both remarkably well. The comradery felt by the three is reflected among the entire 12U team this year as the team is off to a 5-0 start in preseason competition. 

    If you see Lily around the rink, congratulate her. More importantly, be proud of all 17 girls who play hockey for WYHA and all who play in the CSHL. Cheer for these girls. Invest in their success. WYHA and the CSHL would not be what it is without any one of them.


    Sunday, September 25, 2022, Alice Noble Ice Arena will mark its 20th anniversary. There will be a celebration to thank patrons for their support and to recognize this gift to the community. There will be a Public Skate from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Admission and skate rental are FREE of charge. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Noble Foundation. 

    Please don’t just mark your calendars. Set this time aside to celebrate ANIA. Nearly 3 years ago, we faced the almost certain loss of the ice rink and the displacement of players, teams, families. However, our community rallied together to showcase the value of the facility and the character of our ice culture. Consider your attendance an opportunity to demonstrate your continued gratitude to the Noble Foundation and your continued love for the facility itself. 

    Nothing would make a greater impression on the Noble Foundation than to see the ANIA packed with patrons more than it has ever been. Please set aside the date and time. WYHA, as a whole, should plan on attending and celebrating.

    Jay Robinson 
    WYHA President

    2022/23 Season Dues

    The 2022/23 season budget was approved at the 8/29 Board Meeting and the dues are:
    Mites $950
    Squirts $1150
    PeeWee $1350
    Bantam $1550
    High School $2450

     Playoff Scores:
    Friday: NCHSHL (American) Playoffs): Canton-Akron 3, Wooster  2.
    Saturday: CSHL Squirt A3 Semifinal: Winterhurst 3, Wooster 2 (2 OT).
    Sunday: CSHL Peewee A1 Semifinal: Canton-Akron 3, Wooster 1.

    16U Team Celebrates

    16U Team Celebrates

    Congratulations to the Wooster High School Oilers 16U team, which combined players from among both the American and National Division teams to form an eligible roster for The Show Tournament's Wooster Blowout event hosted by Alice Noble Ice Arena over President's Day Weekend. 

    The 16U's went 4-1 over 3 days, including an overtime win in the championship game after trailing 3-1 halfway through the 3rd period. 

    Three players paced the attack for the Oilers and compiled ridiculous stat lines along the way: 
    Sam Robinson (10 Goals, 8 assists) 
    LuiG Cañas (8 Goals, 8 Assists) 
    Avi Arora (3 Goals, 10 assists) 
    21 Goals, 26 assists in 5 games. 
    Fittingly, the trio combined on the title winning goal by Robinson.

    Team defense also played outstanding at both ends of the ice--led by Carson Merryweather, Connor Reich, and Jake Allen. All three defenseman scored in the tournament, including Allen, who opened the scoring in the final game with a shorthanded goal to provide early momentum. 

    Finally, excellent goaltending by Kyle Lesiw and Josie Zimmerman provided the backbone of the team. Lesiw demonstrated poise and consistency in his 3 starts--all wins. Zimmerman had a shutout in pool play and provided calm in the championship game during a rocky second period. Congrats to all the players, coaches, and parents.

    Squirt Team's Banner Season
    Congratulations are also in order for our squirt team, who won the CSHL Squirt A3 Division Banner with an impressive 11-1 record. 

    Micah Robinson leads the team with 47 goals. 
    Keagan Smith paces all skaters with 24 assists. 
    Seva Raev proved to be the division's toughest goalie throughout the season. 

    Thanks to these players and coaches, WYHA will be able to hang another banner in the rink and inspire the next group of young hockey players. 

    Coach Bryan Smith credits his team with being one of the strongest backchecking teams he's ever seen and worked hard to gel together a group of players with varying levels of playing experience.

    For the entire season, team defense was outstanding, impressive, and consistent as the team only yielded 17 goals in 12 games.

    The 10U group has one more tournament remaining to conclude their season.

    Thank You
    To all Wooster Oilers Junior Hockey players who helped out at WYHA practices throughout the season, from the 8U level to the high school level. These young men provided leadership, great examples, and individual instruction. 

    WYHA players have inherited great passion for the game from these young men, who always seemed willing to help. 

    You will all be missed!

    Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital Donation

    Thanks to a generous donation from the Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital, WYHA will offer one free skate-sharpening at Alice Noble Ice Arena for WYHA 8U rostered players. Vouchers for each player will be distributed to team managers for the Mite 1 and Mite 2 teams next week. The idea for this program came directly from Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital. Their continued support has had a great impact throughout the 21-22 season, starting with the October Team Boxes, and we cannot thank them enough for all they have given and done.

    President's Membership Update

    100 days ago, WYHA elected a new president and two new trustees. Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your support and patience as we, as an entire WYHA board, have sought to improve upon the already strong foundation of our club...

    Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship Recognition/Reward Levels

    Level one- $250 - $500
    -family/business listed on website
    -team/program photo on sponsorship plaque

    Level two- $501 - $1000
    -family/business listed on website
    -family/business appearance on digital screens in ANIA
    -team/program photo on sponsorship plaque
    -a couple of apparel items of choice

    Level three- $1001 & above
    -family/business listed on website
    -team/program photo on sponsorship plaque
    -family/business appearance on digital screens in ANIA
    -a couple of apparel items of choice
    -advertisement in rink via the WYHA dasher

    Sponsorship Funds 

    Funds donated to WYHA can be applied to a sponsor’s chosen area of focus, or applied as WYHA see fit, from among the following or other examples:

    Scholarship Program
    Association Day
    End of Year Recognition
    Equipment needs
    Training Aids for Coaching
    Future Programming (mini-mites, for examples)
    Association Cohesion Projects (apparel, for example)
    Game Day Expenses: High School



    George Deryabin


    Squirt 1 The Show-Wooster Tournament Champions

    16U The Show Tournament Champions

    Bantam AA Playoff Champions

    18U Big Bear Champions

    Squirt A3 Division Champs

    PeeWee A3 Division Champs

    Wooster Youth Hockey Association (WYHA)

    The Wooster Youth Hockey Association (WYHA) is a 501(c)3 organization located in Wooster, Ohio. Our mission is to introduce the youth of our area to the great game of ice hockey, such that every child, through their participation in the program, can enjoy a positive, character building sports experience while creating a passion for the game.

    Emphasis will always be placed upon individual skill development, personal development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The individual conduct of WYHA directors, coaches, players, and parents will be maintained to ensure a positive culture in which all can honor the sport, and exemplify an organization in which to be proud of.

    And above all else... "It’s always about the kids"



    Vic Rumph

    Wooster Youth Hockey Association (WYHA) President

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    851 Oldman Rd., Wooster, Ohio, 44691  
    (330) 345-8686